Monday, 2 August 2010

SMN: Pakistan call up Inzamam, Akram for second test

Following the humiliating defeat at the hands of the English in the first test that finished yesterday, Pakistani selectors have been quick to add experience to their youthful side.

40 year old potato shaped batsman Inzamam-ul-haq, and 44 year old swing bowling genius Wasim Akram have been added to the squad ahead of the second test which starts on Friday. Despite both players announcing their retirements a number of years ago, both were convinced to restart their international careers ahead of the next test by current captain Salman Butt.

However, despite the joyous celebrations on the streets of Lahore at the news, Inzamam and Akram are unlikely to play in the next test, as they will not be able to receive visas in time. There was also the shock news from Inzamam that "I don't even have a bat anymore, let alone whites or pads". In hindsight, this appears to make a mockery of the PCB's decision to release 8 members of the Pakistan squad, meaning that Pakistan could well line up with only nine players on Friday.

Salman Butt called the move "risky", but still claimed that "I back nine of us to score more than the 80 eleven of us got last week". A senate inquiry has already begun in Pakistan.

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